Monday, 19 April 2021

Kjell Espmark: 'Pojken sitter'


The boy sits in the apple tree,

cradled against two forking branches,

and immerses himself in the Count of Monte Cristo.

As yet no one knows that Edmond Dantès

will later on become a designer

and bring home treasures ‘made in China’.

Visible though is how he and his child

are raking up grass in the same garden.

And how the same swallows soar up out of nothing,

dart back and forth like swift-spoken lines

and vanish under the selfsame eave.

But the boy still goes on reading his Dumas,

hid from the world by apple blossom.


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